Originally posted by WhenDoesItStop:
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
The article linked describes a drill that should greatly help the short passing game, increasing the TEs ability to catch short passes to thwart the blitz. VD needs this drill as this has been a weak part of his game--quick catches over the middle.
What are your thoughts about this drill and are there others you believe Harbaugh (all coaches) has (have) brought to the team that will help the team?
That was a nice catch and run but is not the type of play I am referring to, but is rather a designed route. The quick hit behind a blitzing LB punishes the D for being too agressive and VD has generally not done well at recognizing the blitz.
If you recall, during the early Raye days, they installed some quick dump offs when the QB was being pressured and Smith hit VD in the back with the ball because he did not think to turn his head and/or body to receive the pass. They finally eliminated the quick reads as VD wasn't able to make this adjustment. It doesn't always have to be the TE, but the TE needs to be able to make this adjustment to keep the D honest.
The QB drop on these quick hits is a step or two and then soft release.